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>>The inclusion of multi-line lambdas in a language is what makes it 'normal'?

All the scripting languages are very, very similar (see data structures, etc).

In short, you don't argue against my point.

My point was that Python stops multi-line lambdas for some weird purity argument re white spaces (I haven't found any other motivation).

This hurts quite a few use cases (for a 2nd -- copy paste and automatic indentation of code is at least more complex, and so on) and makes it necessary to learn weird syntax (list comprehensions), which incidentally is touted as the next coming of Christ...

And the inability to admit a wart on Python is quite typical -- didn't Guido tell you guys to stop trolling recently, because you were getting bad reputation..?

>> Or Perl is the odd-man-out and Ruby/Python are the 'normal' languages because they have a GIL.

These three are all similar -- avoid threading. :-(

Not that it is relevant for my original point, either.

> These three are all similar -- avoid threading. :-(

Perl gets a bad rep on threading because it's threads don't map to what many people consider the strong points of threads, which is light weight processes. Perl fails spectacularly in that regard, but if you want multi-process programming with a standard, well understood set of primitives for IPC, it's really quite nice. That is, the 'threads' module isn't all that great by itself, but when paired with 'threads::shared', it's really quite nice (as long as you are pre-spawning workers or don't require quick thread spawning).

For example, I love how locks are scope based, which makes the following possible:

  my $local_var = do { lock($lock_var) }
as well as:

    $sync_var = "start!";

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